30/5/2013: One definition of Godswallop? Is it perhaps the fuss over the Pope’s misspeak (love that word) about atheists being redeemable. Here’s a report from The Huff Post on it:
“Shortly after Pope Francis gave an homily in which he said even atheists who do good are redeemed, a statement from a Vatican spokesman clarified the pope’s remarks.
“Just one day after the pope’s now famous words in Rome on May 22, a Vatican spokesman the Rev. Thomas Rosica released a statement quoting a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church that says people who reject the teachings of Jesus Christ cannot attain salvation.
“All salvation comes from Christ, the Head, through the Church which is his body,” Rosica wrote. “Hence they cannot be saved who, knowing the Church as founded by Christ and necessary for salvation, would refuse to enter her or remain in her.”
“However, Rosica wrote that it’s not impossible for an atheist to eventually be saved by Christ.”
Why would atheists care about salvation or redemption? Who would confirm whether or not an atheist has been saved by a Christ s/he doesn’t believe exists? Where and how would such salvation take place?